Video: Things to Do in April

Get outdoors and enjoy what spring has to offer!
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A New Adventure Can Blossom

The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is going stir-crazy: It’s officially time for a spring getaway. Find a deal at a summer hot spot before it gets crowded or visit a destination with lots of outdoor recreation — but put a few museums on your itinerary, just in case those April showers move in.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Best known for its Red Light District, historic buildings and museums, Amsterdam has a lot to offer visitors, especially during the spring. At the end of April, visitors can celebrate King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) -- the largest festival in the Netherlands. Also, just a short distance from the city, Keukenhof is home to the world’s largest flower garden, which is best known for its annual flower festival and beautiful spring tulips.
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Charleston

Charleston

With its rich history and Southern charm, Charleston is a perfect getaway for spring. Visitors can explore the city’s historic sites, shop on King Street, and enjoy authentic lowcountry cuisine while sipping sweet tea. Home to beautiful, waterfront Southern mansions, as well as American and Civil War history, Battery Park (pictured above) is a must-see while visiting one of the most romantic cities in America. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Its abundance of museums, monuments and attractions are not the only reason people visit the nation’s capital this time of year. Each year, in March and April, millions of people flock to Washington to experience the beauty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Visitors can enjoy beautiful weather and scenery as they stroll hand-in-hand under blooming cherry blossom trees lining the Tidal Basin. 960 1280

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Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Home to some of the most exquisite art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, Florence -- the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany -- is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. The spring, when the weather begins to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom, is the best time to travel here -- and to avoid the summer tourists. Visitors can enjoy beautiful weather as they explore historic churches and monuments, get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, or hop on a Vespa for a romantic ride through the Tuscan countryside, where they can tour some of Italy’s best wineries. 960 1280

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US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands

Known as “America’s Caribbean Paradise,” the US Virgin Islands comprises 3 islands -- St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Visitors looking to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of the islands should travel here in April and May when the peak season is over, and when airfare and hotel rates are less expensive. With miles of pristine beaches on St. John, to the rum distilleries and sugar cane plantations on St. Croix, and the famous 99 Steps on St. Thomas, each island provides visitors with something different. In April, visitors can experience the second largest cultural celebration in the Caribbean -- Carnival, a month-long event on St. Thomas that includes parades, fairs and calypso entertainment. 960 1280

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

For travelers seeking a tropical and exotic getaway, a spring visit to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia is a must. For a spring fling, visit the most romantic spot on the island -- Soufriere Bay. Its landscape views of white sand beaches and Pitons provides visitors with some of the Caribbean’s most stunning views. In late April and early May, visitors can experience the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival -- a 12-day festival that showcases the island’s history and culture. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

As the largest city in the world, Tokyo is chock-full of museums, monuments and attractions for visitors looking to experience the Japanese culture. In the spring, visitors can explore the 140 acres of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or experience the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park. Located at the cultural center of Tokyo, Ueno Park has more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees and is the top destination for Hanami -- the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the blossoming of flowers. Between March and May, locals and tourists alike flock to Ueno Park to celebrate the blossoming with parties and romantic picnics.
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San Diego

San Diego

With its beautiful beaches, San Diego is the perfect springtime destination for travelers wanting to experience the laidback California lifestyle without having to worry about bad weather. During the day, visitors can catch some sun (or some waves) at the city’s 2 most popular beaches -- Mission Beach and La Jolla, or tour the USS Midway aircraft carrier -- the most-visited naval ship museum in the country. Located downtown, the Gaslamp District is full of great restaurants and nightlife, and sports fanatics can attend a Padres game at Petco Park. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

The warm sun, beautiful beaches and popular nightlife make Miami a top vacation destination no matter what time of year. In the spring, when the beaches and attractions are less crowded than in the summer, travelers can indulge their taste buds at VeritageMiami (formerly the Miami Wine and Food Festival), or participate in the Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration, the city’s largest 2-day event of the year. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Everyone dreams of spring in Paris. Each year, millions of visitors travel to the City of Light (and Love) to witness the spring blooms and elaborate gardens that grace some of the city’s most historic landmarks this time of year. Travelers can experience the beauty and romance of the city atop the Eiffel Tower, as well as during a stroll along the River Seine or through the Jardin du Luxembourg at Luxembourg Palace. 960 1280

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New York

New York

As the largest city in America, it’s no secret that NYC has a lot going on throughout the year. However, in the spring when the freezing winter temperatures begin to heat up, more and more people travel to the city to experience the blossoming trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a 52-acre garden in the heart of Brooklyn. Other big draws include opening day for the Yankees and the Mets, and the annual Tribeca Film Festival. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Americans can explore the beauty and history of Puerto Rico without having to travel too long. A few hours from Miami, Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan is chock-full of historic landmarks such as Fort San Cristobal and El Morro, exquisite beaches and various cultural experiences for springtime visitors. March’s Heineken Jazz Festival has become one of the leading festivals in Puerto Rico, showcasing traditional Latin music and Latin jazz for more than 20 years. For foodies looking to experience authentic cuisine from the island’s best restaurants, the Saborea Culinary Festival in April is a must-do. 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

From the French Quarter to the Garden District, the historic city of New Orleans is full of charm and soul year-round. While Mardi Gras is the city’s most well-known festival, the parties don’t stop there. In April and May, before the sticky summer temperatures set in, thousands of people flock to the Big Easy to experience other festivals, such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, where they can get a taste of the city’s authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine.
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San Antonio

San Antonio

Best known for the Alamo, San Antonio welcomes visitors year-round, especially during the spring months when they can enjoy the attractions before the summer heat and humidity set in. In April, Fiesta San Antonio -- one of the country’s oldest festivals -- celebrates the heroes of the Alamo with a variety of parades and free entertainment. Located a short distance from the Alamo, the River Walk is lined with restaurants, shops and entertainment, and is a great place for couples to experience the city’s history and culture. 960 1280

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Austin, TX

Austin, TX

A popular destination for music fans, movie buffs and techies, Austin provides a variety of springtime activities and attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages and interests. Each March, the city hosts South by Southwest (SXSW) -- a multi-day music and film festival with more than 2,000 performers set up on stages across the city. For travelers more interested in gourmet food and wine, the Austin Food and Wine Festival takes place in April, and features top chef talent and winemakers from the local area and around the nation. 960 1280

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Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks

Anderson Hollow Cove at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is a haven for both spring breakers and summer revelers alike. More popularly known as “Party Cove,” it’s considered the oldest established permanent floating bacchanal in the country. 960 1280

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Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

A footbridge hangs over the blue-green waters of Plitvice Lakes in Croatia hidden by thick vegetation and connected by hundreds of waterfalls. The largest national park in Croatia, it attracts over a million visitors each year. 960 1280

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Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy in the French Alps is a popular destination for tourists. Enjoy water sports before refueling at lakeside restaurants and bars. 960 1280

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is situated in the Guatemalan highlands at the foot of 3 volcanoes including the San Pedro volcano pictured above. 960 1280

  

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Wizard Island sits in Oregon's Crater Lake, which was formed by the collapse of a volcano. Not only is this the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet, but it's also famous for its deep blue color and crystal-clear waters. 960 1280

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Hikers take in the sunset over Loch Lomond, Scotland, which is dotted with islands and medieval castles.
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Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson in South Island, New Zealand, is also known as mirror lake for its reflected vies of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
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Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Windsurfers ride Lake Garda, one of Italy's most popular vacation spots, featuring resort towns, hot springs and terra-cotta-roofed hotels.
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Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu, on the border between Arizona and California, brings in 3.5 million visitors a year, and, thanks to its floating party scene, it's a major spring break destination for coeds.
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Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru

Don't go diving into the picturesque waters of Lake Nakuru in Kenya -- the mass of pink flamingos are one of the few species that can stand the hostile conditions. Visitors can spot up to a million birds wading side by side as well as baboons and black-and-white rhinos. 
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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

View from the Icefields Parkway's highest Lookout Point over Peyto Lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier-fed lake has a bright, turquoise color. 960 1280

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Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

View of the clear waters and sandy beaches of Crystal Lake from the town of Beulah, MI. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

It's not a tropical hot spot, but the world-famous nightlife made NYC one of the top spring-break destinations for our Facebook fans. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, it's a natural hot spot for spring breakers. 960 1280

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Australia

Australia

While a flight to Australia can be 14+ hours from the US, a lucky few said it was their best break ever. 960 1280

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Spain

Spain

Spain was the go-to spring-break spot for those who ventured to Europe. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A trip south of the border is a spring-break standard, and lots of Travel Channel fans picked Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta Resorts

Puerto Vallarta Resorts

Puerto Vallarta's resorts make it the second-most visited city in Mexico. 960 1280

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Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Even more popular with spring breakers is Paradise Island in the Bahamas thanks to the Atlantis Resort. 960 1280

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Atlantis Resort

Atlantis Resort

The abundance of snorkeling, jet-skiing and scuba-diving, means there's something for everyone in the family. If parents need some alone time the Atlantis Kids Adventures program will keep them entertained at an extravagant tea party before they hit the waterslides. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is best-known as a popular spring break party spot and haven for college kids living it up at one of the many all-inclusive resorts. 960 1280

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Cancun Resorts

Cancun Resorts

Cancun is a spring break classic, and the miles of beaches and luxury accommodations please both revelers and relaxing families. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

Because it's in the US, but still boasts nearly tropical weather, Miami is a popluar spot for spring breakers in March and April. 960 1280

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South Beach's Nightlife

South Beach's Nightlife

Fans said they prefer South Beach, where you can enjoy music, martinis and the best of Miami's nightlife for spring break. 960 1280

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

The second-most popular destination is none other than Daytona Beach, an old-school spring-break hot spot that's been hosting rowdy college students for generations. 960 1280

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Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

And the No. 1 destination according to our Facebook fans? The southernmost city in the US: Key West, FL. 960 1280

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Key West's Nightlife

Key West's Nightlife

Our fans love Key West's legendary bars, live music and ice-cold drinks, and you can too. Check out our recommendations for Key West's Best Bars for the perfect bar crawl experience. 960 1280

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Tulum, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

"Love life and it loves you right back! #freespirit | #bliss | #tulum | #happy | #laplaya | #mexico" -- @olacecilia 960 1280

  

Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai, Thailand

"Magical place ~ #WatSorasak #Sukhothai #Thailand #latergram" -- @simalicious 960 1280

  

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

"Tidal Basin" -- @ryanpando 960 1280

  

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

"Swoon. This sinking city sure is stunning!" -- @ericaconnolly91 960 1280

  

Key Biscayne, FL

Key Biscayne, FL

"Great day for paddleboarding! #LoveFL #KeyBiscayne" -- @karafranker 960 1280

  

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"Grateful to be alive and see a sight like this! Rock Formations at San Lucas del Cabo #Mexico #travel #wanderlust #instatravel #globalnomads #lonelyplanet #travelgram #aroundtheworld #backpackingaddicts #livetotravel #instapassport #backpacker #backpacking #mytravelgram #pinktrotters #traveladvice #beach #water #rocks #boat #neverstopexploring" -- @shally_sg 960 1280

  

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Somewhere ...

"Our weekend escape" -- @stasandroidovich 960 1280

  

George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

"Virginia spring" -- @jordanraynor 960 1280

  

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

"My bus ride home from work #windowseat #dreamcometrue #rome #colosseum" -- @ahasson 960 1280

  

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

"Meow #11n11 tiger kingdom" -- @naegnar8 960 1280

  

Somewhere ...

Somewhere ...

"This place. #travel #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #photooftheday #fun #beautiful #travelingram #instapassport #asia #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravel #love #instamood #igers #picoftheday #life #followus #instadaily #vscocam #vscoaward #wanderlust" -- @becausewecamp 960 1280

  

La Jolla Cove, CA

La Jolla Cove, CA

"Just being a California girl today" -- @hayleycarling 960 1280

  

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

"Rode a camel today at the Bali Safari & Marine Park! #camelride #bucketlist #safari #Bali #indonesia" -- @jannie_g 960 1280

  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

"Portland Japanese Garden" -- @bobaumgartner 960 1280

  

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Jumby Bay Beach (Antigua)

Jumby Bay Beach (Antigua)

Jumby Bay Beach in Antigua is lined with palm trees and thatched-roof cabanas where guests gaze out at turquoise waters.
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Jumby Bay's La Casa Estate (Antigua)

Jumby Bay's La Casa Estate (Antigua)

Take luxury to the next level at Jumby Bay's La Casa Estate, a private villa with its own pool, bar and croquet lawn. 960 1280

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Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Nestle into a hammock and enjoy the peace and tranquility at Amansala, a chic eco-resort in Tulum along the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

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The Caves Hotel and Spa (Negril, Jamaica)

The Caves Hotel and Spa (Negril, Jamaica)

The cliffs at the Caves resort in Jamaica create romantic nooks where guests can dine or escape to a private hot tub. 960 1280

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Dining at The Caves

Dining at The Caves

Treatment rooms at the Cave's Aveda Concept Spa have louvered windows that look out at the sea. Afterwards, guests can have a 5-course meal in an oceanfront gazebo. We recommend pairing your authentic Jamacian dinner with the hotel's signature cocktail, The Cliffhanger, made with freshly squeezed watermelon juice, ginger, Blackwell Rum and Appleton Gold Jamaica Rum. 960 1280

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Mango Bay (Barbados)

Mango Bay (Barbados)

There are just 76 rooms at Mango Bay in Barbados, leaving the staff more time to dote on each guest. 960 1280

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The Excellence Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

The Excellence Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

Expansive rooms are just one perk at the Excellence Punta Cana, a choice resort with unlimited food and activities. 960 1280

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Royal Hideaway Playacar (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Royal Hideaway Playacar (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Feast on fresh guacamole and a margarita alongside the cascading infinity pool at the Royal Hideaway Playacar.   960 1280

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Water Sports at Royal Hideaway Playacar

Water Sports at Royal Hideaway Playacar

Lounge in a sun bed on the beach or head to the ocean for swimming, snorkeling or kayaking at the Royal Hideaway Playacar. 960 1280

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Majahuitas Resort (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Majahuitas Resort (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Escape to Majahuitas, a private island eco-resort accessible by boat from Puerto Vallarta with 8 solar-powered casitas. 960 1280

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